Results of first UT Energy Poll released, attempts to sway energy policymakers

Matthew Stottlemyre

UT President William Powers Jr. and Thomas Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business, announced the results of the first UT Energy Poll in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted by the McCombs School’s Energy and Management and Innovation Center, surveyed 3,400 consumers who are representative of the U.S. population on their energy consumption behaviors, attitudes and beliefs. The University intends the poll to influence policy makers and leaders in the energy industry.

A few highlights from the results:

  • 84 percent are worried about the country’s consumption of foreign oil
  • 71 percent are dissatisfied with Congress’s performance on energy
  • 76 percent are worried about a lack of progress in developing better ways to consume energy efficiently and develop renewable sources
  • 57 percent expect to change their energy consumption behavior and adopt new technologies to address energy issues.
  • 25 percent believe the U.S. government is doing too many things to prepare for future energy needs
  • 56 percent believe the U.S. government should do more
  • 41 percent believe the country’s energy situation will be worse in 25 years than it is now
  • 25 percent believe the situation will be better in 25 years